The country club Republican establishment always manages to get it wrong. Did a bad economy put Weimar Germany on the right path? No, it gave them Hitler and the Nazis. Did the Depression "fix" our country? No, it gave us FDR and his statist kleptocrats. The problem wasn't that we were "too wealthy," the problem is government coercing wealth from the productive so the parasites can have a party. You might as well blame the victim rather than the mugger for having wealth to steal.